Reheat Leftovers in Pressure Cooker

You’ve delicious and mouthwatering leftovers from last night, but you’re not too keen on using the microwave to reheat them. If you don’t want to use a microwave to warm leftovers, you don’t have to because you can reheat leftovers in pressure cooker.

Pressure cookers use steam to reheat food. If you want to reheat foods such as steamed vegetables, soups, or something similar, the pressure cooker will be your go-to choice. Every pressure cooker comes with certain accessories to ensure food doesn’t come in contact with water used for reheating and cooking.

Don’t reheat any food item that can become soggy when reheated in a pressure cooker. If the food requires contact with water, use the direct heating method. If not, use the steaming method to reheat leftovers in pressure cooker.

Some quick tips:

  • The amount of water you add to the pressure cooker depends on the type of food you plan to reheat and the type of pressure cooker you have.
  • The quick steaming method requires around half a cup of water.
  • Add a full cup of water if you want to steam the food longer.
  • Look at the water measurements on the pressure cooker to cook and reheat food.
  • Place the food either directly in the water or over an accessory.
  • Place the lid on the pressure cooker and turn on the stove, following instructions given on the pressure cooker.

How to Reheat Leftovers in Pressure Cooker?

Here’s how to reheat leftovers in your pressure cooker:

  1. Don’t add a lot of water to the pressure washer. Use the steam function of the pressure washer to reheat leftovers, so one cup of water should be plenty for this.
  2. Place the trivet into the insert pot of your pressure cooker.
  3. Use a heatproof container to reheat your food. Put the heatproof container into the insert pot of the pressure washer.
  4. Add a small amount of water or fat, if required. Some leftovers such as rice or pasta can become sticky, and you may need to add additional fat or water to it. You can add 1/2 to 1 tablespoons of water or fat to these types of sticky foods. If you want, you can even add a small amount of olive oil over these sticky foods.
  5. Use a foil to cover the container. The foil prevents condensation from forming and dripping into the leftovers. Moreover, it allows you to stack the containers on top of each other. Ensure you get a container that can easily fit into the pressure cooker.
  6. Set the timer. Use the steam function to set the time. The time you set also depends on the type of food you’re reheating. Usually, we recommend reheating leftovers in pressure cooker for five minutes. However, for vegetables and other types of delicate foods, steam for around two to three minutes. If you’ve taken your food out from the freezer or fridge or if you’re heating more than one container, steam for around eight to ten minutes.
  7. Lastly, check for a natural release and check your food’s temperature. If needed, steam for an additional one to two minutes.

Get out those leftovers to reheat them in your pressure cooker.